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Diasporic visions: colonialism, nostalgia and the empire in Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House

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posted on 29.05.2020 by Clelia Clini
Released on the 70th anniversary of Partition, Gurinder Chadha’s film Viceroy’s House, which is narratively and stylistically constructed in the fashion of heritage cinema, chronicles the last days of the empire in India and is said to provide a ‘British Asian perspective’ on Partition. This article addresses the debate that followed the release of the film and, in particular, the analysis focuses on the interplay between Partition, diaspora, and representations of the imperial past. Through the analysis of the film’s structure and narrative, the article discusses its representation of British India and argues that, notwithstanding its potential to unsettle traditional representations of the empire of period dramas, the film’s glamorous depiction of the British rulers ultimately feeds into the contemporary wave of colonial nostalgia.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

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South Asian Diaspora

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Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in South Asian Diaspora on 28 May 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19438192.2020.1767894.

Acceptance date

30/04/2020

Publication date

2020-05-28

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1943-8192

eISSN

1943-8184

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Clelia Clini. Deposit date: 29 May 2020

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